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UVa Women's Golfers in Eighth Place to Open NCAA Regional

Columbus, Ohio - The 27th-ranked Virginia women's golf team is tied for eighth place after the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional Championship taking place at the Ohio State Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. Virginia shot 20-over 308 to open the three-day, 54-hole qualifier. The top eight teams in the 24-school field advance to the NCAA Championships.

USC leads the field at 10-over 298. The third-ranked Women of Troy hold a one-shot lead over No. 9 Georgia.

Virginia was led by junior Brittany Altomare's 3-over 75 that has her in 19th place. She started her round with a pair of birdies over the first six holes before making the turn at 1-under. Like her teammates, Altomare found the Scarlet Course's back nine more difficult as she piled up four bogeys and five pars.

The Cavaliers four scoring players managed to play the front nine at a combined 2-over par but the troublesome back nine produced a score of 18-over. Nine of those strokes came down the stretch on the final three holes.

"We were moving right along, not getting into too much trouble, and then the back nine got us," said Virginia coach Kim Lewellen. "We got away from our strategy a little, but we are okay after the first day. We know we can play better golf and we'll get back after it Friday afternoon."

Senior Lauren Greenlief was UVa's number-two scorer, finishing 34th at 5-over 77. Briana Mao and Elizabeth Brightwell are tied for 42nd at 6-over 78. Portland Rosen finished 107th at 84.

Virginia will start its second round Friday afternoon at 12:20 p.m. while paired with NC State and Oregon. Live scoring of the tournament is online at

NCAA Central Regional
Ohio State Scarlet Course
Columbus, Ohio
Par-72, 6,264 yards
First Round Results

Team Results
 1. USC            298
 2. Georgia        299
 3. Purdue         301
 4. Notre Dame     304
 5. Tennessee      306
 5. Auburn         306
 7. NC State       307
 8. Oregon         308
 8. Virginia       308 
 8. Vanderbilt     308
11. South Florida  309
12. Ohio State     310
12. Arkansas       310
14. Florida State  314
15. Mississippi    315
15. Harvard        315
15. Michigan       315
18. UTSA           317
19. Texas State    320
20. Butler         321
21. Kentucky       322
22. UNC Wilmington 323
23. Siena          328
24. East Carolina  329

Individual Leaders
1. Marina Alex, Vanderbilt       70
2. Paula Reto, Purdue            71
2. Maria Salinas, Florida State  71
4. Ashley Armstrong, Notre Dame  72
4. Alex Buelow, Stetson*         72
4. Doris Chen, USC               72
4. Madeleine Shells, Nebraska*   72
8. Becca Huffer, Notre Dame      73
8. Tiffany Lim, Harvard          73
8. Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Georgia 73
8. Lisa McCloskey, USC           73
* Competing as an individual

Virginia Results
 19. Brittany Altomare    75
 34. Lauren Greenlief     77
 42. Briana Mao           78
 42. Elizabeth Brightwell 78
107. Portland Rosen       84




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